Five students from one of China's top universities will spend six weeks at The University of Western Australia as part of an inter-university inaugural research training program.
The two women and three men from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei will be supervised by UWA research leaders. They will also have student mentors and stay with local families, including four from UWA.
The visit by the fourth-year USTC students, aged 19 to 23, follows discussions between UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson and Professor Zhou Zhengkai, Deputy Director of the International Affairs Office at USTC, during Professor Robson's visit to USTC.
"It is heartening that the strong and developing relationship between China and Australia is being encouraged by our two universities," Professor Robson said at a welcome ceremony for the students yesterday.
"At UWA we regard international collaborations as a fundamental opportunity to enhance our educational programs and research capacity, as well as strengthening important international partnerships."
The participating researchers from UWA are Professor David Blair of the School of Physics and Director, Australian International Gravitational Research Centre; Professors Don Robertson and Alice Vrielink of the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences; Professor Ian Small, Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology; and Professor Bob Stamps of the School of Physics.
While at UWA the USTC students will undertake research, take part in workshops on academic writing and scientific presentations, and visit attractions such as Kings Park, Perth Zoo and AQWA. They will also be encouraged to return to UWA for PhD studies.
Professor Blair also hosted four interns from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, at UWA's Gravitational Wave Research Laboratories and the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin.